On Oct 7, 2:37pm, Stan Fickes wrote:
> When I bought my MGTD, the engine was also seized.
Hmmm, the engine in my TR-3 was seized when I bought it. Is
there a pattern here?
> I spent 2 weeks
> spraying penetrating oil through the spark plug holes, then rocking the
> car fore and aft in high gear to attempt to loosen it up.
I poured several tablespoonfuls of a mixture of penetrating oil and
motor oil down each spark plug hole and rocked as above. After a
couple of weeks, the pistons broke free.
> I suspect that the seized pistons are likely to be caused by rust, which
> has the side benefit of pitting the cylinder walls and rings, causing oil
> burning and compression loss. If he manages to free up the engine, it
> will be a short time before he wants to rebuild it anyway.
Not necessarily - I got about 75,000 miles out of that engine before
it needed a rebuild (and it wasn't even all that bad at that time).
> I can't imagine that it's so hard to pull the head, even in a new
> Alfa, that it wouldn't be worth the effort.
Have you ever tried re-timing double overhead cams? Its not trivial;
not impossible, but not like an old pushrod, British car.